Lionel Messi compared to Einstein by Brazil legend

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Brazil legend Romario has controversially suggested that Barcelona star Lionel Messi has a "mild form of autism".

The retired World Cup winner, who currently works as a federal politician, suggested that the Argentina international has Asperger syndrome - before comparing the four-time Ballon d'Or winner to the iconic historical figures Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

"It’s a mild form of autism, which allows sufferers to focus and concentrate better than others," the prolific former Barcelona striker tweeted, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

“Newton and Einstein also had a certain level of autism. I hope that like them, Messi surpasses himself every day and continues giving us his beautiful brand of football."

It must be noted that Romario's claims are unfounded - and there is no evidence to suggest that Messi has the disorder.

The 26-year-old is widely considered the best footballer of his generation and one of the greatest players of all time, having scored 220 goals in 248 matches with the current La Liga champions since the 2004/05 campaign.

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